I am very angry with my high school. For as long as I can remember, they have been the “Hortonville Polar Bears” and their mascot, Polie, is a large, white bear. This nickname and mascot denigrates an entire species of animal, and the Hortonvillians - Hortonvillers - Hartoonians - whatever - will not desist.
I am very angry with the Boston franchise of the NBA. For as long as I can remember, they have been the “Boston Celtics”, and their mascot, “Lucky”, is some sort of leprechaun. This nickname and mascot denigrates an entire race of people, MY people, the Irish, and the Bostonians will not desist.
I am very angry with Notre Dame University. For as long as I can remember, they have been the “Fighting Irish”, and their mascot, the Notre Dame Leprechaun, is portrayed in a fighting stance with both fists raised. This nickname and mascot perpetuates a stereotype of MY people, the Irish, as drunken Micks who are troublemakers and brawlers, and Notre Dame our mother will not desist.
I am very happy with the New York City franchise of the American League of Baseball. For as long as I can remember, they have been the “New York Yankees”, and their most recent attempt at having a mascot (“Dandy” - a human dressed to look like a bird, with a large and unattractive hat ) was assaulted and beaten by Yankees fans so many times between 1980 and 1985 that management dispatched Dandy, and George Steinbrenner claims to have no recollection of Dandy.
I am very confused about the Poynette School District. For as long as I can remember, they have been the “Poynette Indians”, and their mascot has been an Indian in a feathered headdress. This name and mascot denigrates an entire race, and perpetuates a stereotype of Native Americans as a warlike people who were always in full battle dress, but they haven‘t used the mascot for about the past ten years. A few days ago, the Poynette School Board decided that starting next year, Poynette athletic teams will no longer be known as the Indians. But they didn’t decide what the new nickname will be, and they won’t, until the first of January 2010.
I think they should be the “Poynette Paquettes”, for the 19th-century fur trader Pierre Paquette, after whom the village was supposed to be named - don’t ask me how it got to be “Poynette”; and their mascot should be the chemical symbol for Fluorine (F). Or the chemical symbol for the Fluoride ion (F*), which is what they’re not putting in the water there any more.
Just a thought. But I can’t see how “Paquettes” or “F” or “F*” would offend anyone. Oh - wait a minute - no doubt some would call them the Poynette F'ers.